Rams line up quickly so Sean McVay can call audibles

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New Rams coach Sean McVay is having a great year, and he’s doing it in part by calling audibles after his offense has already lined up.

As noted by Steven Ruiz of For The Win, Rams quarterback Jared Goff calls a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage, but it’s actually McVay who’s calling the plays, through the NFL’s coach-to-quarterback communication system. That becomes clear when you watch this NFL-produced video about Goff, in which viewers can hear that Goff is being told which audibles to call before he calls them.

The coach-to-quarterback communication system is turned off by a league official with 15 seconds remaining on the play clock, so the Rams line up quickly so that Goff, McVay and the coaches in the booth can scan the defense and still have time for McVay to relay instructions to Goff before the communications system is turned off.

It’s a smart way for McVay to guide his young quarterback. And it’s something we’re likely to see a lot more of — unless the NFL decides to change the coach-to-quarterback communication rules to prevent it.

39 responses to “Rams line up quickly so Sean McVay can call audibles

  1. Interesting to say the least. I highly doubt he’s the only coach to do this and I’m sure he did the same thing in Washington last year. But if McVay is the only one doing it, this guy is a lot smarter than we think

  2. So funny, the haters were accusing Brady of “cheating” this way all of 12 hours ago. You guys could lose a poker game to a cactus.

  3. Meanwhile, Deshone Kizer has to burn a timeout on the opening drive because he and the coach can’t get a play lined up in the full 40 second play clock.

    One of these duets is an MVP candidate and a coach of the year candidate and 8-3. The other is 0-11.

  4. If the day ever comes when Goff can read defenses and audible as well as his coach; that’s the day the Rams could have something special. Until then; ever defense is going to wait until 15 seconds on play clock before they set up. Rams will struggle against good defenses in playoffs.

  5. The league should just leave the communications live until the play clock strikes zero …. the coaches and players can always scream what they want anytime,… so let them talk.

  6. I agree this is smart, but a lot of people who follows the Rams close – fans or opponents – already knew this. I can’t remember if it was Goff or McVay who told reporters the same thing earlier in the season.

  7. That would explain why Goff looks so good. Nothing against either Goff or McVay, it is what it is. Meanwhile Deshone Kizer and Mitch Trubisky can only dream of having such a resource on their sideline.

  8. Perhaps the NFL should allow coach to QB communication (and coach to mike backer) full time? One advantage could be that it could improve the play of more QBs. One equity problem in the NFL is that there are too few really elite QBs. Perhaps this could raise the level of QB play across the board.

  9. LOL…Defensive coaches are going to wait until the final 15 seconds to line up…because they are so bad at their job that they needed to read it on PFT to figure out what was going on. Got it.

  10. It’s a unique situation. McVay is a first year coach. Goff is in his second year. Their top 3 WRs are in their first year with the Rams. As time goes on, Goff will be able to assume more and more of these duties himself. McVay probably isn’t the first guy to ever do this, but McVay is also willing to put in the work to be able to do it. Sometimes a special person does something, and they make it look easy. It’s not as easy as it looks. McVay is a special coach. They come around about every 25 years or so.

  11. This is what people meant when they talked about how having Peyton Manning was like having a coach on the field. You see what a guy like Goff can do when the coach calls the plays based on alignments, and you think about how Manning did that his entire career, and you can see why he was one of the best ever.

  12. If you want to watch head coaches call plays at the line of scrimmage for their inept quarterbacks I would recommend you watch college football instead. You may see some ridiculous jumbo-sized pictures of Steve Urkel or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,too!

  13. It is legal and I have no problem with it hope they do not change it.

    What the Pats did was illegal with the taping thing.

    What the Rams are doing this year prove what many folks, but not GM’s, have known for a long time. Jeff Fischer was a horrible excuse for an NFL coach.

  14. haanster says:
    November 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    I agree this is smart, but a lot of people who follows the Rams close – fans or opponents – already knew this. I can’t remember if it was Goff or McVay who told reporters the same thing earlier in the season.
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    Believe me, opposing defenses have been onto this since the second quarter of the first game. Just how dumb do we think they are? Whatever success the Rams are having this year, this is not the reason

  15. gtodriver says:
    November 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Maybe Goff would be better if McVay actually worked with Goff so he could call his own audibles…

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    How do you know Mcvay isn’t already working with Goff on how to call audibles? Judging from huge improvement in Goff’s play and Mcvay’s track record as a quarterback coach and OC I would like to think he has a better grasp of this then the average blogger.

  16. While yes the Rams are lining up quick to continue to communicate until the 15 second cut off of the mic. But Goff is still making more audible well deep into the play clock even after that communication is cut off. This is not something as easy as well defense will wait until under 15 seconds to get into their plays because either once the Rams are getting into a play that they like they are quick snapping it before a defense can audible or they are using dummy calls.

  17. If the day ever comes when Goff can read defenses and audible as well as his coach; that’s the day the Rams could have something special. Until then; ever defense is going to wait until 15 seconds on play clock before they set up. Rams will struggle against good defenses in playoffs.
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    Then they should just snap the ball with no audible before the defense gets set. Easy pickens.

  18. The Vikings figured this out and kept altering formations and such after the communication system was turned off at 15 seconds. Guess what happened?

    Every team they play knows it the Vikings just happen to have a really good defense. The success of the play isn’t dependent on the defensive formation; it’s dependent on the personnel, so changing the formation late doesn’t have much of an effect.

  19. McVay is everything he’s billed to be. Creative and unconventional. People don’t know how to handle something they’re not used to seeing. Rams are 8-3. Bravo McVay, bravo.

  20. Smart coach. Even though the Saints lost, I came away impressed by the Rams. I hope there’s an opportunity for these two teams to meet again in the playoffs.

  21. 6thsense10 says:

    gtodriver says:

    Maybe Goff would be better if McVay actually worked with Goff so he could call his own audibles…

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    How do you know Mcvay isn’t already working with Goff on how to call audibles? Judging from huge improvement in Goff’s play and Mcvay’s track record as a quarterback coach and OC I would like to think he has a better grasp of this then the average blogger.
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    I enjoyed every minute of the Rams/Vikings game in person (season ticket holder). Neither Goff or McVay looked very good against a defense that actually knows how to – play defense.

    Goff and McVay have done an excellent job against some of the poorer defenses in the NFL (bottom 10 defenses – points per game or yards per game – the Colts, Redskins, 49ers, Cowboys, Cards, Giants, and Texans). They did lose to the Redskins however.

    They did okay against the Saints (18th in YPG) – who were missing their #1 and #2 cornerbacks.

    The Rams have played 3 games against teams with a top 10 defense. They’ve lost 2 of the 3 games and only scored a combined 17 points in the 2 losses. They scored 27 points against the Jags in their lone victory over a top 10 defense.

    That “huge improvement” seems to happen only when Goff goes up against the some of the worst defenses in the league.

    Once again – I’m not saying that Goff is a terrible QB or that McVay is a lousy coach. I’m just taking the time to look at the facts.

    All QB’s do better against bad defenses. Always have, always will.

  22. Arizona is going to stomp the Rams out in PHX next weekend !!!! Blaine Gabbert had no problem carving up the #1 Defense in the NFL Last weekend, he is going to have a field day picking apart the Rams offense this weekend. With most of Arizona’s starting players out, Arizona is going stomp the Rams . The Rams LB’s & Safety’s are going to get torched by 6″5 receiving TE Ricky Seals-Jones, who is an absolute monster and the next big thing at Tight-End, him and Larry Fitzgerald are going to have field days receiving Sunday.

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